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Grand moments

May 5th, 1966
STANLEY CUP NO. 14
Lining up for the opening face-off against the Red Wings at Detroit’s Olympia on May 5, 1966, the Canadiens were one win away from ending their season by repeating as Stanley Cup Champions.

Thanks to goals from Jean Béliveau and Léon Rochefort, the Canadiens held a two-goal cushion at the midpoint of the second period.

Led by Gordie Howe, the Red Wings showed they still had some fight left in them. Determined to force a seventh and final game at the Forum, Norm Ullman and Floyd Smith both scored against Lorne Worsley to tie the game, which is how it remained at the end of regulation play.

The overtime was a brief one. At the 2:12 mark, Henri Richard got the winning goal on a controversial play that saw the “Pocket Rocket” lose his balance while coming in on Red Wing goaltender Roger Crozier and slide into the net with the puck under his arm. The Red Wings protests were to no avail as the goal stood and the Canadiens won the 14th Stanley Cup title in their history.

Defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot hoisted the Stanley Cup for the seventh time in his career, setting a new record for NHL rearguards.